[Chugalug] [OT] Need a small server

Stephen Haywood stephen at averagesecurityguy.info
Fri Sep 27 11:46:20 UTC 2013


 I did forget to mention the use case. I need a small portable box that I can load up with virtual machines for a training class I'm doing. The Mac mini is ultra portable and has enough horse power to run a few VMs. I want a Quadcore with at least 8Gb of RAM and a small form factor.

Stephen Haywood
Owner, ASG Consulting
stephen at averagesecurityguy.info

On Sep 27, 2013, at 12:20 AM, Dave Brockman <dave at brockmans.com> wrote:

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> On 9/26/2013 10:43 PM, Stephen Haywood wrote:
> > I found this. https://www.system76.com/desktops/model/ratp2. I can 
> > customize it to match the Mac mini specs and its $907. Know of any 
> > other sources for small servers that can run Linux?
> You haven't really defined what you want except for a "server" and I
> suppose you would like to match the form factor of the mac mini
> mentioned in the original post.  Myself, I don't consider anything
> close to the mac mini form factor a "server".  If you want mac
> hardware at a cheaper price, it can be done.  Assembling things
> yourself with a lot of price-shopping can get you there with time.  If
> it's small, the first thing I want from it is > 1 NIC.  I measure
> servers in RU space and prefer them to use server processors.  FWIW,
> you can easily fit 8 AMD cores, 32 GB RAM and 2 x 1TB HDD way under
> $1k.  I spent over $300 on the video card I put in my last build and
> the difference is less than your mac mini price.
> Regards,
> dtb
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